Set to run in the fantastic Antigua in the Caribbean from January 28 to 31, this month’s Superyacht Challenge Antigua will host eleven beautiful ocean-going yachts. Dedicated to pure fun afloat and ashore, the sixth edition of the regatta will provide three days of exciting racing, complimented by laid-back social events.
This year’s impressive fleet will include vessels from 90 to 147 feet in length, comprising two of the latest superyachts to be commissioned, set to make their racing debut at the Superyacht Challenge Antigua. There is no overall winner, however participants are separated into two classes, Corsairs and Buccaneers. The top three vessels in each class win a barrel of Antiguan rum to celebrate their achievements. Awards are also made for the fastest yacht on the water and the best corrected time, using the ORC SuperYacht Rule. The best crew work observed by the race committee, led by International Race Officer John Coveney, will also receive an award.
Moreover, the shoreside fun will be once again rewarded with culinary prizes for the Best Coal Pot Dish and The Famous Cook-Off, with Superyacht chefs providing a gourmet supper for all competitors. Owners and crew will also have a tailoring challenge; the Loudest Caribbean Shirt and the Best Dressed Crew Competition are all part of the fun. Antigua Barbuda Search & Rescue (ABSAR) will be supporting the regatta and is the chosen charity for the event.
The all-new Gosnell Trophy will be also awarded this year, donated by Timoneer, who have been firm supporters of the Superyacht Challenge since its conception. This will be awarded to the yacht, who in the opinion of the competitors and the race committee, has competed in the Spirit of the Regatta, where they have sailed as hard as they can with the equipment available while still representing the yacht well ashore.